Feb. 14th, 2014

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Flappy Bird — дурацкая (по отзывам) игра для телефонов, благодаря своей сложности и вирусным технологиям ставшая необычайно популярной. я бы об этой игре и не знал, если бы о её закрытии не стали писать все подряд.
пишут, что реклама приносила автору по 50 тысяч долларов в день, пока на прошлой неделе он внезапно не решил игру отовсюду удалить без объяснения причин. сказал, что ему это надоело и он не может больше выносить такого внимания. это кажется странным, но в комментариях к статье есть хорошее объяснение, выложу его здесь, чтоб не потерялось.

I'm the sole developer (in a 2-man team) of a barely successful Mac/PC game in a very small niche. It makes about $1k/month. Several times a month, I want to make it free so that I can tone down what users expect from me. If it wasn't a 2-man team, it would've happened before we even hit $500 in revenue. Whenever there's a bad review, it hurts. Whenever a user can't get it to work (whether due to their unfamiliarity with the equipment required or my mistakes), I feel it personally. If a multiplayer server goes down, even just for 15-30 minutes, it'll ruin my day. Next fall (the interest in the game is very seasonal), it'll likely be even more popular.
I can't imagine handling that at flappy-bird scale. He probably has hundreds or thousands of people telling him his game sucks and he sucks (most likely due to their own crappy phones or bad playing skills) every day.
To the guy saying: "well you shouldn't put it out there if you can't take it": Do you want the only people to develop software to be robots? How about this: don't be an asshole. The guy wrote some software that happened to be successful. He's still a human being. If it was at <500 installs, you'd probably treat him nicely (as people did when my game was small). Why should that change if it is at 10,000,000 installs?
tl,dr: The sheer number of user requests and (sometimes undeserved) bad reviews when developing software as a 1-man team makes me fully understand why a guy would pack up after banking 6 or more figures.

если коротко — одному человеку тяжело выносить, когда сотни тысяч людей начинают жаловаться и ругать его.

народ быстро сориентировался и теперь продаёт телефоны с установленной игрой втридорога.
вот, например:

для справки, нормальная цена айфона 4S — 350-400 новозеландских долларов.


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